Sally Wise’s Plum Sauce


This year, through some miracle of miracles, the birds left some plums for us.  Whether it was conscious or whether they just missed them, I don’t know.  Of course, as happens with every variety of fruit and vegetable in the garden, they all ripened at once.  There was not a huge amount but certainly more than we would eat.  I put them in the cool room (along with the 1,000 passionfruit) until I could decide what to do with them. We are not big jam eaters so jam was not an option.  We do, however, eat a bit of sauce.  Plum sauce it would be then. Continue reading


Glacéd Cumquats

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I must admit, I am a little bit obsessed with cumquats.  It is just that so many people grow them as an ornamental tree and don’t bother to use the fruit.  This really upsets me.  My philosophy on life is (well, one of them, anyway):  the world has limited resources and if you have food at hand, you should eat it rather than going to a supermarket and buying something from half way around the world that costs the earth more than it can afford.  Ok, now I will get off my bandwagon and start discussing the delights of cumquats.

If you have cumquats growing on your patio, there is a lot you can do with them.  A great idea is to finely slice them crossways, boil them in a sugar syrup and serve them with a dessert, such as Maggie Beer’s buttermilk panna cotta with cumquat syrup.  Here is the link to the recipe.  It is one of my favourite desserts. Continue reading